Grand Theft Auto V was probably the most anticipated game all the way back when it was first announced on October 25th 2011. Since then, it’s sold over 54 million copies and broken at least 7 Guinness World Records. Let’s take a look at some of the features that make it one of the best-selling game of all time.
Release on Xbox 360 and PS3
Grand Theft Auto V was released on 17th September 2013. It was one of the first GTA open world games that consisted of just one huge map rather than three that you progressed through (GawdAlmight.com calculated it to being equal to around 27.5 square miles/71.2 km2 when land and sea are combined). Businesses from the previous game and others were spread across Los Santos and players could even indulge in other activities (to take a break from killing eachother and robbing small shops) such as a game of tennis, a round of golf or even a yoga class (exercise actually increases your character’s stamina bar). The multiplayer feature from GTA IV was implemented into it’s predecessor and expanded further (and better). With GTA Online, players could create their own characters, choose what they wear, buy vehicles, have tattoos and even set up crews together. This version of the game however only allowed up 16 players in one party. The smart phone returned, having access to the in-game internet and being able to contact others. Despite this being the initial released, it was still very well received.
The review scores for GTA V on PS3 and Xbox 360 taken from Wikipedia.
Re-release on PS4 and Xbox One
GTA V was re-released on new-gen console around a year later on 18th November 2014. Along with improved graphics and frame-rate, players could also play in first person, similar to a FPS (which of course created some controversies).
A few months after it’s new-gen release, the Heists Update was released. This meant that up to 4 players could pull off various heists together (I think around five in total that progressively get harder as they go on) and get rewarded for doing so, as well as completing certain achievements. Players could buy their own apartments that the heist plans took place in and unlock vehicles and weapons that they had used.
Playlists also worked much better, meaning players could create their own and publish them online, as well as play others’.
In this version of the game, up to 30 players can be in one party. With this re-release, they were a few complains about the occasional crashes and long time waiting in lobbies, but it was highly praised.
The review scores for GTA V on PS4, Xbox One and PC taken from Wikipedia.
The PC version was originally suppose to come out in January this year, but was pushed to 14th April 2015. Again, this version had updated graphics compared to the previous game but this time – I have to say – it looks utterly stunning and realistic (it is supposedly based on LA anyway). Also like the previous PS4 and Xbox One incarnation, up to 30 players can held into one party.
Rockstar Editor was another addition added meaning that players could create cinematic clips of their gameplay (as long as it was more than 3 seconds long).
Recently however, Rockstar added adversary events. These include challenges such as driving for the longest period without crashing, flying above a certain height without faulting and playing a Speed-like scenario.
One again, this version of the came was highly acclaimed compared to the previous platform, despite it’s continuing random disconnection to servers and long lobby waiting.
Since it’s release, Rockstar has updated the game consistently with DLC, some of which are themed, and mainly include guns, vehicles and customization. It’s worth noting that some of them are themed such as the Independence Day DLC, which included a monster truck, a motorbike, a Musket rifle and firework launcher. Last Christmas there was a DLC for Christmas-styled clothing (you could dress up as an elf or Santa) and snow could be used as a weapon, but only for a limited time.
Yesterday (30th October), a Halloween themed DLC was released (but not for Xbox 360 or PS3) which includes to new vehicles (a Lurcher Hurse and Franken Stange), 20 themed bobbleheads that are exclusive for the new lowrider cars (from the previous DLC) and specialized clothing and face paint. GTA Online Halloween Surprise also includes a Slasher themed adversary mode which Rockstar describe as:
“Run, hide, and fight to survive in the darkness as the player designated as the Slasher stalks their prey with a shotgun,” it said. “Use your new flashlight to navigate if you dare, but be careful not to reveal your position or you’ll quickly become prey. Survive for 3 minutes and you’ll get the chance to return the favor with a shotgun of your own.”
That’s what you call celebrating holidays in video games.
- Check out the announcement trailer for Grand Theft Auto V here.
- Check out the PS4/Xbox One trailer here as well as the first person experience trailer here.
- Check out the PC trailer here.
- You should also check out the official website here. Seriously, I mean it.
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